ASTRIUM PRESS RELEASE
Astrium CEO FranÃ§ois Auque and Gavyllatyp T. Murzakulov, CEO of JSC National Company â€œKazakhstan Gharysh Saparyâ€, a company reporting to the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, have signed a technological and strategic partnership agreement that will allow Astrium to play an active role in the development of the Republic of Kazakhstanâ€™s space industry.
- Kazakhstan will order two Earth observation satellites from Astrium
- Astrium will set up a joint venture with its partner JSC National Company â€œKazakhstan Gharysh Saparyâ€ to operate the satellite integration centre that it will build in Astana
- A major training programme for Kazakhstan engineers is included in the agreement
Within the framework of the agreement, Astrium will build a major satellite integration centre that will be part of the future Kazakhstan national space centre planned for the countryâ€™s new capital, Astana. A joint venture between Astrium and JSC National Company â€œKazakhstan Gharysh Saparyâ€ will run the integration centre.
Astrium will also provide Kazakhstan with two Earth observation satellites, as well as receiving stations for the Spot and TerraSAR-X satellites.
The increasing use of satellite imagery is spurring the development of Kazakhstanâ€™s satellite capabilities. A major partnership is planned in this sector with Spot Image and Infoterra â€“ the two companies developing the market for satellite imagery applications as part of Astrium Services. Kazakhstan has already chosen several applications for mapping, the environment, agriculture, and management of the countryâ€™s significant natural resources. The applications will be operational very shortly.
Astrium will train more than 100 Kazakhstan engineers in satellite integration and satellite imagery processing. The training will take place in Kazakhstan and at Astriumâ€™s site in Toulouse.
Kazakhstan has been involved in spaceflight since the very beginning. In 1955, the USSR chose Baikonur as the launch site for the first satellite, the legendary Sputnik 1. Then in 1961 the worldâ€™s first astronaut, Yuri Gagarin, took off from Baikonur. Leased from Kazakhstan, Baikonur is still Russiaâ€™s foremost launch site today. Talgat Musabayev was one of two Kazakhstan astronauts who worked for the USSR / Russia. He is now Head of the new National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, â€œKazcosmosâ€.